If you are really serious about your health, then it’s important to know about labels attached on the food products. If you find any words like, hydrogenated, polyunsaturated fatty acids and those you are not able to pronounce then you need to put back those food products in the shelf and leave.
Generally labels attached on fruits and other food products are used to scan the price of a product at checkout stand. But, it also tells about the how fruit was grown up and this code or a label on the product is called as PLU (price lookup number).
This PLU code will help you to know whether the fruit is organic, genetically modified or produced by chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Here are some things you need to know about the labels on the fruits to protect your health from all the corners of our hands.
- If you find 4 digit code begin with 4 or 3 then it shows that it was conventionally grown and the last 4 letters of the fruit generally represents type of fruit and vegetable.
- If you find 5 digit code starts with 8 then the product is genetically modified.
- A five digit label that starts with 9 number, this means the product is organic.
The environmental working group (EWG) analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the US department of agriculture and food and administration have ranked some products.
Because consumption of pesticides can lead to health problems such as birth defects, nerve damage and sometimes even from cancer. Especially children are at risk when they consume pesticides.
Here are some fruits that must buy in organic form to stay healthy.
Foods That Need To Buy Organic:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Hot Peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Kale/Collard Greens
The following foods are completely safe and need not to be organic to consume.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
The EWG has confirmed that 99 percent of apples, 98 percent of peaches and 97 percent of nectarines are positive for at least one pesticide residue. Where when compared with average potato it has more pesticides compared with others.